Rajnath Singh hits out at separatists; says all-party delegation may visit Ladakh soon

NEW DELHI(PTI): The all-party delegation, which undertook a two-day visit to Kashmir and Jammu to explore ways for ending unrest in the Valley, will chalk out its future course of action after returning to Delhi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday while winding up the trip. Singh said the delegation would like to visit Ladakh also in the near future as the region too is a part of Jammu and Kashmir state and it is important to listen to the voice of the people there.

“The all-party delegation will meet in Delhi after its return and decide the action plan for the future,” he told a a brief press conference.

Singh said the delegation had very good interactions with individuals and groups during its visit to Kashmir and Jammu and heard their views on different issues.

The Home Minister said many members of the delegation had little knowledge about Jammu and Kashmir and the visit helped them to understand the ground situation of the state. “I hope that whenever any discussion on Jammu and Kashmir takes place in Parliament, we will get full cooperation from them,” he said. The delegation included 26 MPs from 20 parties.

Singh lashed out at Hurriyat leaders in Kashmir after their refusal to hold talks with members of the all-party delegation, saying the separatists’ behaviour showed they do not believe in Kashmiriyat, insaniyat (humanity) or jamhooriyat (democracy).

“Some members of delegation went to meet Hurriyat leaders in their individual capacity. We neither said ‘Yes’ nor ‘No’ (to the move). The information given by the delegates (about how the members were treated) makes it clear that it is neither Kashmiriyat nor insaniyat, The members had gone to hold talks but by refusing to talk, they have shown that they (separatists) do no believe in jamhooriyat as well,” the Minister said.

Apart from the Home Minister, the delegation also included Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, his Lok Sabha colleague Mallikarjun Kharge, senior Congress leader Ambika Soni, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan (of LJP), JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and CPI leader D Raja.

NCP’s Tariq Anwar and Trinamool Congress’ Saugata Roy, Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut and Anandrao Adsul, TDP’s Thota Narasimham, Shiromani Akali Dal’s Prem Singh Chandumajra, BJD’s Dilip Tirkey, AIMIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi, AIUDF’s Badaruddin Ajmal and Muslim League’s E Ahamed will be party of the delegation.

TRS’ Jitendra Reddy, N K Premchandran (RSP), P Venugopal (AIADMK), Tiruchi Siva (DMK), Y B Subba (YSR-Cong), Jaiprakash Yadav (RJD), Dharamveer Gandhi (AAP) and Dushyant Chautala (RLD) are also in the team.

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